The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said there are 660,028 unclaimed Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) with the body in Ogun State.
The state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Olusegun Agbaje, disclosed this during a meeting with leaders of various political party leaders in Abeokuta on Thursday.
According to Agbaje, a total of 464,604 out of 1,126,247 PVCs were collected by their owners before the 2019 general election, adding that 1,615 PVCs had so far been collected since the beginning of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in the state.
He lamented the low participation of eligible citizens of the state in the first quarter of the CVR exercise, saying Ogun recorded the lowest number of registered voters compared to other South West states like Ekiti, Ondo and Osun.
The REC therefore urged the party leaders to mobilise members of their parties to participate in the ongoing CVR exercise across the state.
He explained that participating in the CVR exercise is the only thing that would enable eligible voters carry out their civic responsibilities in the 2023 general election and other future elections.
Agbaje disclosed that, no fewer than 9,138 residents of the state had so far completed their registration as at November 8, 2021, for the second quarter of 2021.
His words: “It is important to point out that a total of four hundred and sixty-four thousand, six hundred and four (464,604) PVCs were collected by their owners before 2019 General Election out of One million, one hundred and twenty-six thousand, two hundred and forty-seven (1,126,247) PVCs received in the State leaving a balance of 661,643 out of which one thousand, six hundred and fifteen (1,615) had so far been collected since the beginning of the exercise this year.
“A total of six hundred and sixty thousand and twenty eight (660,028) PVCs are yet to be collected as we speak.”
He charged the party leaders to continue to educate their members on the need for a free, fair and credible election in 2023.
Billionaire kidnapper Evans’s co-defendant dies in prison
Chiemeka Arinze, one of the co-defendants in the alleged kidnap of trial of Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, has died in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service.
Recall that Arinze was charged alongside, Evans, Joseph Emeka, and Udeme Upong with the attempted kidnap of Chief Vincent Obianodo, the Chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors.
They were arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court.
They were also charged with murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, attempt to kidnap and sale and transfer of firearms.
According to his death certificate obtained by NAN on Monday, Arinze passed away at 9.08 pm on Nov. 26 as a result of cardiopulmonary arrest.
The death certificate which was issued by Ajeromi General Hospital, Ajegunle, signed by Dr. B.E Salisu indicated that the deceased, who died at the age of 45, was also suffering from complicated Advanced HIV.
According to officials of the correctional facilities who spoke under anonymity, Arinze, who was battling ill health, was rushed from the hospital of the Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Center to a General Hospital on Friday where he passed away, NAN reports.
As at the time of the filing of this report, the counsel to Arinze, Mr Ogedi Ogu is in court for the hearing of the kidnapping case which is slated for hearing.
He disclosed to NAN that he intends to inform the court of Arinze’s demise and apply to withdraw from the case
Billionaire kidnapper Evans’s co-defendant dies in prison
Reduce cost of governance instead of planned oil subsidy removal – Muslim journalists tell FG
Muslim journalists on the platform of Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) have advised the Federal Government to reduce the cost of governance instead of the planned subsidy removal.
DAILY POST recalls that the Federal Government had a few days ago announced its plan to remove subsidy on petroleum products.
But, MMPN in its reaction has advised the government to shelve the idea of oil subsidy removal.
The Oyo State chapter of the association, in a communique issued at the end of its monthly meeting held in Ibadan on Sunday, insisted that the government should reduce the cost of governance in order to save money to embark on developmental projects.
In the communique made available to DAILY POST on Monday through its Chairman, Alhaji Ridwan Fasasi, MMPN enjoined the government not to remove oil subsidy because such a move will lead to an increase in prices of fuel and other essential commodities.
The association revealed that the removal of subsidy at this time will inflict more suffering on the majority of the Nigerian masses.
It appealed to the committee set up by the Federal Government on fuel subsidy to advise the government to look for other options such as reduction in the cost of governance at all levels by 70 percent.
“The reduction in the cost of governance will help to save more money as the Association believes that the cost of governance in the country is too high compared to the developed world,” it said.
The association while reviewing recent happenings in the journalism profession in the state, advised media professionals to uphold the responsibility of being the watchdog of the society by avoiding practices that could lead to derailment from its journalistic ethos.
It condemned the crisis that characterised the October Correspondents’ chapel election and the recently held NAWOJ election in the state.
“The charade that led to the NUJ National election, the brouhaha that characterized NUJ, Oyo State Correspondent Chapel election and the recent State NAWOJ election where two factions are claiming leadership of the union is a show of shame which have soiled the watchdog responsibility of the media as well as its role model functions.
“MMPN warns civil and public servants against being overzealous in implementing government circulars or taking steps that could lead to denial or infringement on Muslims fundamental human rights,” it added.
EPL: Highest goal scorers in Premier League so far [Top 20]
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah remains the top scorer in the Premier League after Week 13 games.
The Egyptian international is ahead of Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy on the goal chart.
Salah has so far scored eleven Premier League goals for Liverpool this season.
The former Chelsea and AS Roma star has two goals ahead of Vardy.
Premier League top scorers after match-day thirteen:
11 goals: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).
9 goals: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).
7 goals: Sadio Mane (Liverpool) and Diogo Jota (Liverpool).
6 goals: Michail Antonio (West Ham)
5 goals: Emmanuel Dennis (Watford), Joshua King (Watford), Maxwel Cornet (Burnley), Raphinha (Leeds United) and Ismaila Sarr (Watford).
4 goals: Reece James (Chelsea), Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Son Heung-Min (Tottenham), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) and Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Callum Wilson (Newcastle United) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
Meanwhile, the Premier League match-fourteen will commence on November 30.
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